It's ok to feel the shadows, not ok to stop seeking light.
unshackle is not about jargon, or loudspeak. unshackle is not about lofty, unachievable dreams. unshackle is about you. Be it something as intimidating as a mental wellness issue, or something as simple as uncluttering your mind, unshackle is about you, dear reader.
Roll of cosmic dice
unshackle was born purely by chance, a roll of cosmic dice, if you please. With a successful career in Media, and with a paradoxical sounding ‘passive passion’ in psychology, I hadn’t ever seriously thought of Counselling and Coaching as a career choice.
My brush with OCD
My real brush with a mental disorder came when my wife was diagnosed with postpartum OCD. It was easily the worst phase of my life. I went through depression myself, also almost got divorced, went through hell. But with help, I began to accept it and realised that it’s ok to not have all the answers. But it’s not ok to wallow in self pity. My mantra now? – it’s ok to fail, not ok to give up. Unending trips to various counsellors for my wife’s therapy, extensive research, and being my wife’s co-therapist for 11 years helped me understand the nuances of OCD intricately and I became adept at the therapy of choice for OCD – Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).
I started writing a book chronicling my experiences as a caregiver to my wife, and became an active evangelist on various online forums for Mental Health. A desire to provide direction to other sufferers made me form an online support group and helped many a sufferer get a grip on their problems through one-on-one counselling. That is when I realised that this is my ikigai, my raison d’être.
Motto of unshackle
The motto of unshackle is to, yes, unshackle lives. This is the reason why I get out of bed every morning. I am supplementing my hands-on knowledge of ERP and experience of 11 years as a caregiver with a Masters’ degree in Clinical Psychology, and courses in CBT, and Life Coaching.
Be it OCD, anxiety, depression, stress, or a general feeling of being stuck in a rut, you CAN unshackle. Talk to me and I will show you how.